first timer cfl tips Advice welcome kush/lsd anyone tell me which one?

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    tommyleefout

    tommyleefout Member

    0125130009-00.jpg 0125130009-00.jpg 0125130011-01.jpg 0125130010-00.jpg 0125130018-01.JPG 0125130019-00.JPG 0125130020-00.JPG this is the biggest outta em all i think its a female can anyone tell me ive got no pollen sacks but i think my other 3 one or two of them can posibly be males will ad more pics 2 -13 watt cfls and 1-42 watts equivalent to 150

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    sworth

    sworth Well-Known Member

    Can't see the pics.:(
    More lights would be good though, as they're stretching a little
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    Slipon

    Slipon Well-Known Member

    CFLs or any fluorescent light for that matter need to be close to provide good strong light, 2-4 inch`s away they seems to give best light and also allow for some growth, at 4-10" they still give out ok light according to my light meter but around 12" my meter don't even give a reading, artificial light loose its strength a lot over a short distance, even big HID light`s, nothing can compare to the Sun.

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    valuablevariable

    valuablevariable Well-Known Member

    Theres nothing to tell from the pictures, they are too blurry. The others are right, the lights are too far away. Get the CFLs within just a few inches of the tops. Also, looks like you might not have drainage holes in some of your containers. You need those or else the roots will be swimming in water.
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    1355925858787.jpg ...u gotta do something abt ur lights or ur not going to do well.... 20121215_182115.jpg with cfls u need a lot n u gotta keep em close.
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    valuablevariable

    valuablevariable Well-Known Member

    Looks like youre losing a lot of light. Any reason you dont have some kind of reflector on those bulbs? Soda cans cut in half work well.
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    I compensate for the light loss w extra bulbs...I'm sure reflectors wouldn't hurt but I doubt reflected cfl light matters much anyway since the bulbs are only good at a few inches away....thats with direct light...reflected cfl light from even more inches away is way over rated in my opinion....my buds are like rocks n frosty as hell....the product doesn't seem like it was short on light.... 1355883283839.jpg 1355931607805.jpg 1358341221425.jpg View attachment 2506265 ....I have white walls
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    I'm not sure that'll work....ur gonna need more lights n ur gonna have to keep em closer....ur plants will never produce under those conditions.
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    Loola

    Loola Active Member

    Well they are streched alot. The CFL bulb should be at 5-6 cm from the plant. It depends how hot it is. You need at least 2 CFL at 5-6 cm per plant. And get some mylar or something reflective around them. Do not use aluminium foil.
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    FourZeroTwo

    FourZeroTwo Active Member

    hey man, quick question. where did you get those light fixtures? with the three inputs? ive been looking everwhere and i cant find them....
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    Lowes/home depot... y splitters put together to make 3 and 4 ways or more if ur creative
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    FourZeroTwo

    FourZeroTwo Active Member

    ahh gotcha thanks! dumb question..lol can you just plug them into a regular outlet?
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    valuablevariable

    valuablevariable Well-Known Member

    Well you could be losing as much as 50% of your light. Your results seem good but imagine if you improved your lighting by 100% (thats probably too high but 30-50% would still make a big difference)

    AAAAAAAAAA.jpg This example uses mylar but the can is plenty reflective without.
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    Yes....they have same insert as bulbs

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